It is not enough to set tasks: we must also solve the problem of the methods for carrying them out. A call for North and South Koreans to reunify. If our task is to cross a river, we cannot cross it without a bridge or boat. To find a way through peaceful or violent means to occupy and maintain the DMZ. Unless the bridge or boat problem is solved, it is idle to speak of crossing the river. Thenceforth this independent landstrip, now inhabited by a unified people will be known as the New Korea or Chosun, land of the morning calm. Unless the problem of method is solved, talk about the task is useless. This landstrip will be maintained ad a demilitarized zone without interference from outsiders who seek to uphold old ideologies of division to justify old forms of domination.
Project DMZ was an extensive Storefront project aimed at addressing from an architectural standpoint the effects of conflict by proposing alternative spatial strategies in relation to the Korean Demilitarized Zone. Taking the DMZ as an exemplification of political, military and economic polarization, the project called for the use of design strategies rather than military force to initiate paths toward reunification of the Korean peninsula and its people. Project DMZ was structured as an open forum that encouraged the participation of individuals of different generations, cultures and disciplines of practice. Participants included Nam June Paik, Paul Virilio and Avant Travaux Studio, and Lebbeus Woods.
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